Posts Tagged ‘Aussie Travel’

From the founder of Rosemount….

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
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Robert Oatley is a true pioneer in the Australian wine industry. He helped put Shiraz on the map when he owned Rosemount Estate – considered the most recognized family run winery in Australia.  Ranked #25 by Forbes Magazine as one of Australia’s billionaires, everything that Robert touches turns into gold!  He is now involved in luxury & hospitality & a winery that bears his own name, this great man still finds time for his other passion – sailing.

Robert Oatley Rosé of Sangiovese 2011

New South Wales, Australia
$15.95
VINTAGES 278275, 12.8% Alcohol

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: From Australia’s first plantings of the Italian Sangiovese grapes (used for Chianti wines), this dry wine is delicate with well balanced aromas & tastes of red fruit, herbs (tarragon or mint?), peach & raw sugar (do find this?).

Suggested Food Pairing: Frankly…nothing! Chill & enjoy on its own….then sit outside on the deck & unwind.

 

Little known Aussie facts…

Australia’s first vineyards were planted in 1788 in a small area near the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

There are now 64 designated wine regions in Australia

Australia is the 4th largest exporter of wine in the world

Canada ranks as Australia’s 3rd largest market (behind US & UK).

 

Want to go to Australia?

Come with me on Taste Your Way Around Australia trip that I will be co-hosting in March 2013 organized by Aussie Travel.  It’ll be a 23 day extravaganza of delicious Australian cuisine, winery tours, dinners with chefs, boutique hotels & unique cultural excursions.

Warning: you may not come back!

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These Australia white wines impressed our Sommeliers!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
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Taltarni T Series Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Victoria, Australia
$17.95
VINTAGES 19471, 12.5% Alcohol

Winery owner, John Goelet grew up in a family of wine merchants in Bordeaux, France. After searching around the world for a property comparable to the great vineyards of Bordeaux, in 1972, he established Taltarni – meaning red earth in the native Aboriginal language.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A unique blend where the Sauvignon Blanc grapes were picked in two separate harvests (at night!): early harvest for fresh, zesty citrus characters & a few weeks later for blackcurrant & passion fruit flavours. The Semillion adds in straw & guava notes for a truly refreshing wine.

Suggested Food Pairing: This is definitely a wine to pack for a picnic, steamed mussels or shrimp on the barbie!

Tahbilk Estate Viognier

Victoria, Australia
$18.95
VINTAGES 271387, 14.0% Alcohol

Viognier (pronounced vee-on-nyeh) is a grape variety that has deep roots in France.  Now California, Canada & Australia are growing this ‘hidden gem’. In fact, in Australia, Viognier is often blended with Shiraz to add a little body & sweetness.  At Tahbilk meaning place of many watering holes –  they commit to use Viognier not for blending, rather to craft the ultimate wine, that has now become a benchmark Viognier wine in Australia.

Now this is impressive! Tahbilk was nominated by Australian Vignerons magazine in 2004 as producing one of the “Benchmark” Australian Viognier releases. And if that was not enough, the wine has gained great recognition on the Australian Wine Show Circuit.  The wine has numerous awards since the inaugural 2000 vintage, 2 Trophies, 14 Gold, 18 Silver & 47 Bronze Medals.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: “OMG! One of the finest Viogniers I have tasted”, remarks Savvy Sommelier Debbie…and Julie agrees too! Striking aromas & tastes of tangerine, mango, pineapple & even banana with honeysuckle that continues into a delicious creamy finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Delightful on its own, with cheeses (try the Parmasean Crisp recipe below), spicy foods & seafood.

 

 

An easy recipe that will be delicious with these sipping wines

There are so many versions of this recipe but nothing could be simpler, or more delicious to match with this sparkling wine. The fruity bubbles in the wine compliment the saltiness in the cheese and just send you back nibbling for more. I sometimes serve them a little red pepper jelly on the side. A perfect hors d’oeuvres – beware, folks inhale these!

Parmesan Crisps

From the kitchen of Savvy Sommelier Julie

Ingredients
1-1/12 cups of grated Parmesan depending how many crisps you would like to make.

Should yield about 20 small crisps.

Method

  1.  Preheat often to 400 degrees and put a heaping tablespoon of the Parmesan onto a parchment lined baking sheet. I would space the spoonfuls about an inch apart.
  2. Bake about 8 minutes or check them after 5 and they should be just slightly golden.

 

Eager to go to Australia?

Come with me on Taste Your Way Around Australia trip that I will be co-hosting in March 2013 organized by Aussie Travel.  It’ll be a 23 day extravaganza of delicious Australian cuisine, winery tours, dinners with chefs, boutique hotels & unique cultural excursions.

Warning: you may not come back!

 

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Fun bubbles from Oz

Posted by Debbie

Monday, August 20th, 2012
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In my humble opinion, there is nothing better than a bottle of sparkling.  The sound of the cork popping & the floating bubbles sprinting up the glass, along with the wonderful rushing sound of the bubbles popping in my mouth. These things make me smile.  Sparkling wine is a fun wine to drink!

Sparkling wines are made everywhere around the world.  In Spain sparklers are called Cava, in Italy, they have several styles – Spumanti, Prosecco, Moscato d’Asti & in France they have the infamous Champagne, as well as bubbles spotlighting the different regions such as Cremant de Loire.  Then there are labels from bubblies around the world sport the terms is Blanc de Blanc (wine speak: made with 100% Chardonnay) & Blanc de Noir (wine speak: made with 100% Pinot Noir).

Wine countries like Australia are constantly trying different techniques, grape varieties, blends & closures too.  Here’s two sparklings that I discovered & featured in our Let’s go to Australia Sommelier led wine tasting a few weeks ago.

Emeri Sparkling Wines was a great way to start an evening. The story about the winery is that the De Bortoli family emigrated to Australia’s Yarry Valley in 1928, leaving behind the Northern Italian Alps.  Now three generations later & everyone in the family is involved. Grab a flute glass & let’s toast to a week of Australia wines!

Cheers!
Debbie

PS – ever wanted to travel to Australia? Come with me on a once-in-a-time  tour as we sip & eat around Australia.  Hosted & organized by Ausssie Travel, for more details on this trip, click here.

 

Emeri Sparkling Pinot Grigio

Australia
$14.95
LCBO 222224, 10.5% alcohol

Delicious refreshing acidity with aromas of citrus, pear & mandarin with a crisp refreshing finish.

 

EMERI PINK MOSCATO

Emeri Pink Moscato

Australia
$14.95
LCBO 222190, 8.0% alcohol
Juicy nectarines, watermelon & strawberry aromas & tastes fills your glass.  Hard to stop sipping this one!

 

 

 

Want to go to Australia?

Come with me on Taste Your Way Around Australia trip that I will be co-hosting in March 2013 organized by Aussie Travel.  It’ll be a 23 day extravaganza of delicious Australian cuisine, winery tours, dinners with chefs, boutique hotels & unique cultural excursions. Warning: you may not come back!

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